There are big things happening in Revelstoke’s local brewing industry. Revelstoke knows Mt Begbie Brewing Co. is preparing to relocate to bigger premises near the Coast Hillcrest Hotel, and now a new craft distillery is looking to take over their old First Street West location next to Cooper’s Foods.
Mt. Begbie Brewing will move to their new facility under construction 2155 Oak Drive, a plan they have been working towards in the last year.
While Mt. Begbie will be growing their production (their new premises allows production of about 15,000 hectolitres) a new Shuswap-based craft distillery, Jones Distilling, is proposing taking over their old location. In a report before Revelstoke City Council on Jan. 26, the company says it will focus on spirit products. The plan is to produce no more than 50,000 litres of product per year.
Jones Distilling plans to initially produce ultra-premium vodka and gin, adding whisky in the medium term (minimum of three to four years after initial production starts). They will include a retail store front.
In their proposal to the city, the proponents say the distillery will be a prestigious addition to the city: “This is a unique opportunity to create and build a sustainable brand and the first ever distillery located in the vibrant & growing town of Revelstoke. Jones Distilling will take raw ingredients and turn them into a sophisticated high prestige product. This business is starting in an industry which is still embryonic and has strong potential to continue the growth which has been seen in the last decade.”
The business appears to be moving forward with a multi-location business plan, as the business applied to build a similar-concept distillery in Salmon Arm late last year, which the local council supported.
Jones has applied for a zoning amendment in Revelstoke to add craft distillery as a defined use with parking requirements and add the use to the Central Business District (C1) zone as a permitted use be approved.
If approved at the Jan. 26 meeting, a public hearing will be scheduled.
In the council report, city staff have noted that this business would “positively add to the diversity and vibrancy of the downtown. The proposed business would also generate a made in Revelstoke product adding to the promotion of Revelstoke outside of the community.”
This is the latest in Revelstoke liquor news after the Mountaineer featured the opening of Revelstoke’s Craft Bierhaus at 107 2nd St E.
Want to learn more about the proposal? See the City of Revelstoke report here: